During Art Island 2023, Galerie Bart shows a presentation by Kevin Bauer. Kevin’s work reflects on the relentless growth of prosperity and its consequences. In exploring this theme, he has become fascinated by large monuments and decommissioned infrastructures, which bear witness to lost civilizations. He draws inspiration from themes of impermanence, erosion, and obsolescence. Kevin manipulates material and functionality, creating compositions that play with time, space, and function.
The panels Kevin presents from his Fragmentism series are the panels composed of various elements in vibrant colours that, through their assembly, have both a recognisable and peculiar character. However, they are a persiflage on functionality: carefully designed objects form credible assemblages. This working method can also be recognised in Overture, which stands in the middle of the room. This sculpture consists of three parts, in which a dialogue takes place between form and function. Here its different parts refer to a variety of uses.
The small sculptures on view are part of the series Civiliet (Ci). The title was inspired by the periodic table of elements. With these objects, Kevin wonders what can be found in the distant future of the present era while also touching on the extent of contemporary production.
In both Fragementism and Overture as well as Civiliet (Ci), the combination of familiarity and alienation can be recognised, in which Kevin playfully questions major themes.
Art Island 26 – 28 May 2023
Friday, May 26, 15.00 – 22.00 (for invited guests only)
Saturday, May 27, 11.00 – 22.00.
Sunday 28 May 11:00 – 20:00